When I say that, I refer to the movie, one my wife and I just saw last evening. In the movie, set in the year 2022, all crime is legal 12 hours a year, with it being illegal the other 364 days a year. According to the movie, the Purge has been an incredible success, with 95% of crime eradicated. But the movie, for me, begs three pressing morality questions, and I'll explore them here. Could The Purge Work? As I said, in The Purge, all crime is legal for 12 hours on one day a year.The idea being that the evil, the worst elements of us, will be satiated by being able to whatever we please without consequence for 12 hours. Both the rich and poor, the moral and the degredants, all can explore their deepest darkest fantasies in that time. Rape, murder, gang beatings, bank robbery, stealing medications from pharmacies, assault, and any type of crime one can imagine is legal. The idea is that human beings are inherently evil(something I agree with), and this 12 hour period allows them to let out all the pent out aggression they've stored up over the past 364 days. According to the movie, the other 364 days are essentially without crime, because the criminal element operates at(mostly) full force during the 12 hours of the Purge. Here's my problem: If people are given a taste of lawlessness and degredation, wouldn't that want them to participate in it all the more? If people are inherently evil, as the movie suggests and I believe, wouldn't that temptation make them want it all the more? I believe so. I just find it hard to believe that allowing the criminal element to do as they please for those 12 house would be enough. Further, moral or immoral, law-abiding or degredant, it's hard for me to buy the idea that they would be satiated by just this short time frame. Would the career criminal, the desperate and the lawless truly be able to wait 364 days just to have free reign for 12 hours, no doubt fighting off others, both criminals and the normal law-abiding citizen, be able to wait? I don't believe so Because of this, I believe the Purge would be an utter failure. What would you do during those 12 hours? Damn, this is a tough question I'm posing, at least for me. As I said earlier, I'm of the belief that human beings are born inherently bad. I believe firmly in nurture, or one's exposure to the bad of their families, and wanting to do different. So using that logic, even the most law-abiding, moral human being would be tempted. What if one is short on money, and needs the cash to pay the bills? It's legal right, so what's the problem? And how about the person who suffers in extreme pain, but because of stricter regulations on pain meds in the U.S. of A, they help themselves to a few bottles of Oxy or Morphine at the pharmacy? Again, it's perfectly legal. Or an even bigger issue: A loved one is raped or murdered, and you know who did it. Wouldn't it be tempting, knowing it was legal, to exact revenge on said person? Sure, what I'm leaving out in all 3 scenarios here is that these things are immoral. They're wrong. Theft, assault, and murder, regardless of circumstance or legality, all wrong. But what would I do? Its tough. I'd like to think I was above it all, on my high horse, and would never even consider the idea of hurting someone or robbing somewhere. But put in the situation, regardless of my moral beliefs, and it may be too hard to resist Let's say I suffer from chronic pain in my back. Some Morphine wouldn't be a bad thing, would it? Or a real situation, let's say the wife I adore(true) was raped(untrue) by a man living down the street? I own a gun, and the temptation to go after him would be an enticing one. Maybe not to kill him, but for him to get the message never to lay his hands on my wife, or any other woman, ever again. I'd like to think I'd do the moral, Christian thing, and either find a secluded area to hide, or bolt the doors in my house and wait it out. But I find myself disheartened that I can't say that's what I would actually do. I'd hope and pray that I'd take this approach: I follow the law during the other 364 days and 12 hours a year, so nothing should change. I just cannot say with certainty that I would actually do so. Us or them? The idea behind the Purge, mainly, is to cleanse the U.S. of the degredents and homeless of society, the useless, as they are referred to several times over. In the movie, without giving away too much, an injured homeless man pounds on the door of the movie's central family, seeking sanctuary. It is offered to him, but the catch is this: They are soon approached by participants in the Purge, who ask that they turn the homeless man over. Failure to do so within the hour, they are told, will result in the penetration of their security system, and the death of the entire family. That's a husband, wife, and two children. Sure, they could fight back, but what are the guarantees? Here, they are guaranteed to be left alone, as long as they hand over the degradent, the injured black man. Again, here lies an incredible moral crisis. Unlike the rapist or the killer or any other evil human being who got away with their crimes, this man is an innocent. He's simply someone some members of the Purge had attempted to eliminate, and by sheer luck I suppose, he escaped, sought sanctuary, and was granted it. What would you do here? To a certain extent, I hold to an 'Us or Them' mentality. But that involves others attacking FIRST. In other words, you come after my wife, I shoot you dead. My hypothetical children? Same thing. They're innocents. And there-in lies the problem: The man seeking sanctuary is also an innocent, he's just a homeless man that those who participate in the Purge want to kill to satisfy their blood-lust. Unfortunately, as much as it would haunt me at night, there would be no debate, no doing the moral, Christian thing. If those after the man were going to kill my family and myself if I didn't hand him over, I would. I would have a hard time living with myself after, but my choices being 'Us or Him', I would reluctantly hand the man over, and try to drown out the screams. Does that make me a terrible person? Perhaps. But I'm of the mindset that I would do anything to protect my children and wife, and if it meant sacrificing the life of a man I've never met, regardless of who he is, I would do it. I'd live with immense guilt, perhaps for the rest of my life, but I'd do it. It's a tough situation, and I don't think anyone here will think less of another regardless of what conclusion they come to. The questions are contained within,and any other discussion regarding the morality of it all, are welcome here. Incorporate elements of the movie if you like, please, just no spoilers. I'd love to see some great discussion take place on what is incredibly difficult subject matter.